Legal Assistance of Olmsted County (LAOC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free civil legal services to low income persons. Mission Statement: LAOC ensures access to justice by providing meaningful legal representation in civil matters to our low-income neighbors of Olmsted County. Vision Statement: Legal Assistance aims to have a positive effect on our entire community by championing:
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Karen Fairbairn Nath, J.D. graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1988. She practiced labor/employment law at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis before she went in-house and worked in the Holiday Companies’ Legal Department.
Peter A. Foss, J.D. graduated in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he participated in clinical programs including the Wisconsin Innocence Project and the Public Defender Project.
Rich Wright, J.D. graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1996, where he was the recipient of the pro bono award for his work to help seniors and those in need obtain medical coverage. Rich is licensed in Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin. His experience includes criminal prosecution and defense, family law, landlord-tenant, insurance defense, personal injury, intellectual property, employment, contracts, military, trust and estate, and discrimination. Rich is active in our community and has served on a number of local boards and volunteered for a variety of organizations in an effort to make our community a stronger, better, place for all.
Kayleen Asmus, J.D. graduated in 2018 from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she worked as a research assistant in the Writing Resource Center and was a student writer for the Journal of Corporation Law. Kayleen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University with a major in English and minor in History. Kayleen is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota and Iowa.
Kristy Arndt Turner started working as the LAOC Office Administrator in 2008. Kristy is responsible for grant reporting and invoicing, maintaining the client databases, as well as the office bookkeeping, payroll, and general operations.
Victoria Ness is a native of Rochester and graduated from Mayo High School. After serving in the military, she graduated from Winona State University with a Masters in Counseling Education and a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a minor in Psychology. Victoria is responsible for the Volunteer Attorney Program and coordinates all the legal clinics, placing pro bono cases, and assisting the Executive Director in fundraising, marketing, trainings, and volunteerism. She has spent hundreds of hours volunteering in this community and her passion is teaching and providing people with the tools they need to be productive and successful in their own lives and community.
Jennifer Finch-Mitchell graduated from University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Psychology and Winona State University with an M.S. in School Counseling and was a School Counselor with the Rochester Public School District for 22 years. More recently, Jennifer has been taking classes at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and is working toward a certificate in Conflict Resolution. Jennifer is qualified as a Mediator for Civil and Family disputes and is an active volunteer with many organizations. Jennifer is originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, but has lived in Rochester since May 1996.